Zell am Ziller
Zell am Ziller, the smallest locality of the valley in size, is located in the rear Zillertal valley.
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Altitude: 580 m asl
Beside Fügen, Zell am Ziller is the former chief city as well as the economic, administrative and educational centre of the Zillertal valley. For this reason there are still many important facilities of the valley located in this place, such as the Zillertal Tourism School. When in the 8th century monks of the Gerlos pass started converting the inhabitants of the valley, at Zell am Ziller a monk’s cell was established, which is referred to by the monk on the emblem of the village. First mentioned in 1188 as “Celles”, in the 16th century gold was found at the Hainzenberg mountain and the village gained in importance.
Boredom does not exist in Zill am Ziller! The market town with its 2,000 inhabitants is located at the junction of the Gerlostal and Zillertal valleys and also the nostalgic narrow-gauge railway of the Zillertalbahn stops right here. A ride with this historic train is an absolute must-do! You say that’s too slow for you? So try the rollercoaster “Arena Coaster”, providing a rush of adrenaline! Located directly at the bottom of the Zillertal Arena, waves and steep curves provide the thrill you might have been looking for. Another interesting fact is that at Zell am Ziller there is also the brewery “Zillertal Bier” founded in 1500 AD, which is the oldest private brewery of Tyrol.
The sports offers start right in the village: the leisure time and adventure park offers tennis courts, a bowling alley, beach volley facility, adventure playground, miniature golf course, fun court for basket and street-ball, football field as well as a restaurant-café with children’s corner on a surface of 45,000 sqm. Moreover the hiking area Zillertal Arena offers innumerable possibilities for hiking and climbing, such as the fixed rope route Gerlosstein as well as several mountain bike courses. Who wants to promenade in the valley is invited to go for a walk along the Zillertal Promenade taking to Mayrhofen and Strass. However, fun also continues in winter: when in 2000 the Zell, Gerlos and Königsleiten skiing areas joined, the ski carousel Zillertal Arena came into being. From the village the Rosenalmbahn funicular takes you right up there.
Our recommendation: on the first Sunday in May there is the famous “Gauderfest”, one of the oldest folk festivals of Tyrol! Beside festival processions and competitions in “Ranggeln”, a particular kind of scuffling, there is also the “Bockbier”, a beer exclusively brewed for the folk festival.